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In The Moment ... June 12, 2018 Show 356 Hour 1

Is there a pathway for expansion of ethanol markets or are fuel economy regulations in the way? Are those regulations effective for other reasons? To help us understand current EPA rules and to discuss the Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule, we're joined by Doug Sombke, President of the South Dakota Farmers Union.

Dakota Midday: Indepth Look At Amendment T

Oct 5, 2016
Lee Strubinger / SDPB

In November voters get a chance to decide on Amendment T.  It establishes an independent commission to draw legislative districts.

The state legislature currently redraws the districts every ten years.   Amendment T proponents says that creates a conflict of interest and leads to gerrymandering. Opponents of the amendment say districts are already drawn fairly.

If you’re looking for an earful on how legislative districts are drawn in the state.. former State Senator Frank Kloucek will oblige.

Meat Packer Bill Reintroduced

May 16, 2016
South Dakota Public Broadcasting

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa is sponsoring legislation to ban meat packer ownership of livestock.   The move aims to end what some call a monopoly in the meat industry. Critics say meat packers that also own livestock control too much of the market and hurt smaller family farms and ranches.

South Dakota Farmers Union president Doug Sombke and ag writer Lura Roti join Midday to talk about life on the farm and the “Celebrate Farm Families” initiative, an online  project to document the lives of farmers and farm families.